Curriculum

Augmentation, Development and Implementation

 

 

We can assist with designing a tailor-made science curriculum for your  unique situation - unlike using a costly textbook which was most likely developed elsewhere

 

Peter's Educational Vitae

 


 

             

 

Looking at Curriculum- using the Next Generation Science Standards

 

Peter has decades of experience writing and evaluating science and technology education curriculum at state and local levels and currently holds a lifetime teaching license

 

He is also trained in using Project WILD, Project Learning Tree and KEEP (Wisconsin's K-12 Energy Education Program)

 


 

Soil Science

Not confident about teaching soil science?

Invite Peter into your classroom as a guest teacher

 

           

 

 


 

Life and Environmental Science

 

         

   

Observing and recording seed development into a plant is really cool-

and an important lesson for understanding this miraculous life process

 


 

Seed Saving as a Classroom Activity

 

 

Saving a few seeds from your harvest to plant the following season personifies self reliance

 

One of the many incredible things about Nature is that there is only abundance

There's no such thing as debt or deficit when nature is allowed to be in balance

 


 

Seed Starting as a Classroom Activity

 

 

Building a seed starting rack and installing the full-spectrum grow lights

 

 

  

Mixing the soil and getting it into the pots

 

 

  

2" - 3.5" pots allow us to grow a little longer in case we have an uncooperative spring

 

We LOVE trying out new seeds from Baker Creek Heirloom Seed company

 

Glass Gem popcorn is amazing

 

  

We will always do a seed germination test around February to make sure our saved seeds are viable

 

Using the creative, growing lunar energy, seeds are planted during a New/ Waxing Moon

 

We plant two to three seeds per cell

 

Now we wait...

 

  

Once the cotyledons and first true leaves emerge, we trim out weaker seedlings

 

 

  

Densely planted onion seeds in recyclable plastic lettuce containers works great

 

We have better luck growing onion from seed rather than using onion sets

 

A local business often donates excess seeds to us

 

We use organic, heirloom varieties as much as we can and give away what we can't use

 


 

 

Earth Science and Land Use

 

    

The more kids and adults are exposed to the ways we use our land, the better stewards and global citizens we become

 

We can help you develop - or teach - important lessons about earth science, maps and sustainable cities designed for people not automobiles

 

Peter has a comprehensive Land Use unit that is well suited for middle school to adults

 

 

*PhenoCulture Wisconsin, LLC not limited to earth and environmental science

Creatively integrating middle school science into other studies is another instructional passion

 


 

A huge part of creating global-minded citizens that have empathy, compassion and sense of belonging is to offer outreach programs that help connect our kids to our communities

 

Storm Drain Stencilling

Getting out on a Saturday morning to stencil a reminder that everything is connected

 

Storm drains too often empty directly into waterways which can be really tough on an aquatic ecosystem for several reasons

 

Besides the runoff from streets and parking lots containing harmful chemicals and waste, seemingly small rain events can disrupt the smallest organisms because of massive dumping of rainwater too quickly into our lakes and rivers

 

Keeping our wetlands intact is vital for flood control as well as habitat

 


 

Creating Eco-Friendly School Grounds

 

The following photos are from 1998 when we began the process of reclaiming the land across from the middle school

You can find more about RiverLab: Outdoor Education Area under the "Outdoor Education" page

 

 

The first step was to remove the sod, which was rolled up and placed near the street

 

It was all gone within a day as people were invited to take what they could use

 

 

Hundreds of box elders were removed from the area surrounding where the prairie was being installed and carried to the street

 

Here the embankment is being restored to a more natural state

 

Over decades of misuse, massive quantities of concrete were dumped along this slope 

 

We secured funding to have the area excavated

 

It was too expensive to remove the tens of tons of concrete offsite so it was buried under the grass and landscaped to a rolling terrain

 

 

Once the concrete and box elders were removed, native conifers and oaks diversified and stabilized the embankment

 

 

The city generously agreed to chip the box elders

Most of these wood chips were then used to create a trail through the wet forest area to the north of this site

 

 

 

 

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